Welcome from the Headteacher Miss Ward
Welcome to Almondbury Community School.
It gives me great pleasure to write to you as the new Headteacher of Almondbury Community School, and to welcome you to what I am sure will be a very busy year ahead.
I am joining Almondbury Community School as its new Headteacher, having spent more than 10 years in senior roles in Kirklees schools.
I was certain from my first impressions of the school, that Almondbury Community School was the right choice for me as Headteacher. I was immediately impressed by the warm welcome that I received to the school. Later, upon meeting many of the teaching and support staff, I was impressed by their dedication to the students. The students themselves are inquisitive, engaging and proud of their school. I have the very highest expectations of all the staff and students, and it is my intention by working together, to raise standards in every area, helping all students to achieve their full potential.
I would like to report to you the achievement of last year’s Year 11. The percentage of students achieving a strong pass (grades 9-5) in both English and Maths has improved by nearly 5% from 2018 and those that achieved the standard pass (Grades 9-4) has risen by an impressive 18.5%. There is still a very big job to be done as these outcomes are still well below that nationally, so staff are already implementing outcomes based plans to build on the success of 2019 in all subject areas.
As part of our drive to raise key standards, I would like to request your full support as parents/carers in ensuring that your child attends school punctually every day, and that they are fully equipped and prepared for the day ahead. Alongside that I would ask that students wear their Almondbury Community School uniform with pride at all times, both in school and on the journey to and from school.
Homework will continue to be a key focus for the school this year, in order for students to build on the learning they do in the classroom and achieve the very best they can.
As well as introducing myself I would also like to introduce you to Kate Eastwood who is a Primary Leadership Consultant. She is supporting the primary phase with a focus on outcomes; ensuring progress is made in every key stage.
As you will be aware following the inspection of the school by Ofsted last December the school was given an Academy Order in May of this year. The Academy Order applies to the Primary Phase of the School and since May the Regional Schools Commissioner has been looking for a suitable academy sponsor. We have been informed that the sponsor will be Impact Education Multi Academy Trust. We will update you with more information in due course.
I look forward to meeting you all as parents over the course of the year, and to working with you to achieve a highly successful outcome for your child.
‘Growing Together - Achieving Together’